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Bridge's End
Bridge's End

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 IF AIS
Location: Portland Japanese Garden
Date: Aug 18, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13, 1/6, 1/3, 2/3
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2007

On this outing I was restricting myself to a single lens, which forced me to take this picture from a couple hundred feet away. Even with the "right lens" I couldn't really be closer because there is a lake in the way.

Four images combined (tonemapped) with Photomatix Pro. Then, in Photoshop, USM 20% 40 radius for local contrast, curves to increase contrast, resize to 1600px wide and smart sharpen 40%, resize to 720 pixels wide and smart sharpen 40%. Save "for web".

Place: 407 out of 503
Avg (all users): 5.2128
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2745
Avg (non-participants): 5.0513
Views since voting: 711
Views during voting: 184
Votes: 141
Comments: 4
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09/12/2007 11:30:10 AM
Technicals: Lighting is good. It does have a slight tonemapped feel, but is certainly not overdone. The tonemapping may have lowered your contrast in some areas a bit too much which lends a slightly flat feel. The wide radius USM likely helped, but I'm looking for a tiny bit more. The main bush is where I see this the most.

The feel: Quaint. One somewhat limiting factor is all the foilage is of the general same color. This makes most of the shot blend and the bridge is the only thing that truly stands out.

The game: It's a nice shot. I think people usually search for a little more "wow". Getting "wow", however, is playing the game, not necessarily required for a good picture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2007 11:07:16 PM
A bit sharp for me but nice composition
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09/04/2007 09:16:38 AM
Nice exposure, love the detail. Hard to tell if this is a single photo, or a montage. Could use a stronger focal point.
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09/02/2007 12:59:06 PM
I'm not sure about the composition of this image - I struggle to pick out the subject from the setting.
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